Canadian Court: Internet Is 'Technological Taxi'

In one of five copyright rulings handed down Thursday, the Supreme Court confirmed that users shouldn’t have to pay to hear 30- to 90-second song samples on Apple’s iTunes. In a separate ruling, the Court overturned the Copyright Board’s decision that the act of downloading a video game is not a public performance that deserves a separate payment to copyright owners. The iTunes decision was not a surprise and is consistent with a common sense outlook held by many copyright scholars. The court’s related decision concerning copyright and downloads was more controversial.

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